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High flooring off limits as Timaru parking constructing reopens after inspection

The no parking signs remain in place for the top floor of Timaru District Council’s parking building on Sophia St, Timaru. Photo taken June 2022.


The no parking indicators stay in place for the highest flooring of Timaru District Council’s parking constructing on Sophia St, Timaru. Picture taken June 2022.

The highest flooring of the Timaru District Council’s Sophia St parking constructing is to stay closed following a four-week analysis of the construction.

“The closure of the highest flooring, which has about 70 parks, will stay in place till additional discover whereas investigations proceed,” the council mentioned in a media launch on Friday morning.

The council’s group supervisor infrastructure, Andrew Dixon, in acknowledging the highest flooring closure was at an unlucky time of the 12 months, added “the protection of customers was paramount”.

“The inspections so far have recognized remedial upkeep work required for elements of the constructing.

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“Investigations are persevering with as to the extent of the work required and the way that may be managed to maintain the constructing or elements of it operational.

“Council is progressively working by this and is awaiting additional knowledgeable recommendation from a specialist engineer earlier than we might be ready to supply extra element.”

The Timaru Herald has requested the council for extra data on what has been recognized as needing additional investigation.

The rest of the constructing reopened for parking on Friday morning, the council mentioned.

The four-week closure adopted a report delivered to the council in June, through which council’s performing group supervisor industrial and technique, Jason Rivett, listed the Sophia St automobile park in his important modifications to tasks below the capital supply part, indicating it required waterproofing and structural restore estimated to price a further $180,000.

The Sophia St parking building on Friday.


The Sophia St parking constructing on Friday.

“Following annual inspection it was recognized that there was some work required to make sure ongoing secure use of the construction, this contains waterproofing and a few crack repairs,” his report says.

Nevertheless, the council’s land transport supervisor Susannah Ratahi mentioned on October 27 the automobile park constructing had been assessed by certified structural engineers and is “secure”.

Ratahi mentioned the analysis was being carried out to evaluate sturdiness of the constructing and is step one to finally figuring out a score in opposition to the New Constructing Customary.

“The evaluation will establish any areas of concern and council will plan upkeep accordingly in our subsequent Lengthy Time period Plan.”

A constructing beneath 34% of NBS is taken into account earthquake-prone.

The council mentioned on Friday parking by the remainder of the constructing, in addition to pedestrian and raise entry to Stafford St remains to be out there.

“To assist mitigate the discount in parks, modifications have been made to adjoining Financial institution St to permit free parking for 2 hours over the Christmas and New Yr interval.

“New wayfinding signage might be put in place to information individuals to close by various parks.”

There are a selection of different parks across the CBD which provide brief, lengthy and medium time period parking choices.

These embody:

  • Floor parks adjoining to Sophia St parking constructing. Free this weekend, no time restrict.
  • Financial institution St free P120 avenue parks.
  • The Terrace, above Kathmandu/Cotton On. Free P120 parks
  • Library automobile park, pay and show, no time restrict.
  • Cains Tce, pay and show, no time restrict.
  • Touchdown Companies, pay and show, no time restrict.
  • Wilson Parking Stafford Mall. Pay by plate, no time restrict.
  • Stafford St, P30 and P60 parking, free
  • Avenue Parks round CBD. Pay by meter, closing dates posted.

You can too use the Pay My Park app to pay for any pay and show and metered parking all through the CBD.

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